Loretta Fox Memorial Garden at Murphys Library

Hope Cooper, 2016

Scholarship Opportunities

Valley Springs FOTL wanted to do something special for the youth of their community so they decided to award two $1,000 scholarships to two deserving students in the Valley Springs area.  The scholarships are in honor of Hugo Scotto, a long time member of the Valley Springs FOTL Board and our chief cook for many, many Melodrama dinners.   He was known for his great spaghetti dinners as well as wonderful chicken and pork loin.  Hugo was also a member of the Jenny Lind Veteran's Memorial Board and was manager of the park and facilities for years.    


Thus, the Hugo Scotto Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 as an annual award.  
The eligibility requirements are:  Residing in the 95252, 95254 or 95225 zip code areas, 3.0 min. grade point average and Teacher/Educator or Culinary Arts major.   The applicants are also asked to list any extra curricular activities and write an essay on "What prompted you to choose a career in Education or Culinary Arts and what are your future goals." Applications are given out at Mountain Oaks and Calaveras High Schools.  In the future, these scholarships may be opened up to Calaveras County and not just the Valley Springs area.  


The first recipients of these scholarship awards were Colton Anderson and Hannah May, in 2017:

  • Colton plans to pursue an AA degree in Culinary Science; his goal is to become an executive chef and open his own restaurant.
  • Hannah aims to become a teacher, to change kids' lives and give them hope for a future.

Murphys Library has offered a scholarship to local high school graduates since 2011, in honor of a devoted patron, Loretta Fox. The first recipient was Alex Durante.


Requirements for this award include strong performance (or marked improvement) in English & Language Arts, and a 500-word essay. Ideal applicants are planning to attend a four-year college or university, as this $2000 scholarship is paid incrementally: $500 each year, up to four years, with proof of enrollment.


Learn more about Loretta Fox Memorial Scholarship recipients at the branch website.

Hannah Ellsworth, 2017

Calaveras County Friends of the Library awarded its first scholarship in 2016 to Bret Harte graduate Hope Cooper. Hope plans to attend UC Berkeley to major in International Studies with an emphasis on business.


Hope's application was among the submissions that year for the Murphys Library scholarship, and prompted the County Friends to work on developing their own scholarship program. As well as supporting high school graduates, FOTL hopes to offer a scholarship option for older students returning to higher education. 

Angels Camp FOTL awarded their first scholarship in 2017, to Hannah Ellsworth of Bret Harte HS!


In addition to the standard Bret Harte Union High School District procedures, this award requires a 2.5+ GPA, short essay on "Why I Love My Local Library," and a valid Calaveras Library Card. Recipients must also live in the 95222 or 95221 zip code.‚Äč

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